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    1. Old car, new tricks: Adding safety tech to an older car

      Old car, new tricks: Adding safety tech to an older car

      Old car, new tricks: Adding safety tech to an older car Dee-Ann Durbin, Published: August 24, 2017 10:44 AM Filed Under: Tumblr DETROIT — Old cars can learn new tricks. For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology — like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras — to older cars. Cars are lasting longer than ever thanks to improving quality. The average U.S. vehicle is now 11.6 years old, according to the consulting firm IHS Markit.

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    2. Routine Auto Care Drives Home Savings

      Routine Auto Care Drives Home Savings

      Routine Auto Care Drives Home Savings BETHESDA, Maryland , Aug. 22, Whether changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tires, finding the time to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank, says the non-profit Car Care Council. According to research conducted by IMR Inc. , one out of three consumers that put off routine vehicle maintenance do so because they cannot find a convenient time.

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    3. GM's Child-Reminder Feature Is a Simple, Clever Way to Save Lives

      GM's Child-Reminder Feature Is a Simple, Clever Way to Save Lives

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      Most parents and caregivers can’t imagine a moment when their mind could wander away from their children long enough to forget they’re sitting in the backseat of their car, but it happens in a tragic number of cases every year. Fortunately, there's a solution from General Motors.

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    4. Community Car Care Events Show Most Vehicles Need Service

      Community car care events conducted across the country reveal that the majority of vehicles need service on one or more inspected areas of the vehicle.

      “At the Car Care Council, we stress the importance of preventative vehicle maintenance and provide free tools, tips and information to help motorists become more car care aware so they can avoid the hassle and expense associated with unexpected car trouble,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

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    5. Don’t Let Tires Flatten Your Summer Travel Plans

      Getting a flat tire is no fun for anyone at any time, especially on vacation. To keep your summer road trip rolling along, the non-profit Car Care Council recommends a quick tire check before you leave the driveway.

      “The excitement of summer vacation quickly deflates when your car has a flat tire,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A quick four-step tire check will help you to avoid the aggravation of changing a flat tire on the side of the road.”

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    6. Auto Care Steps for a Stress Free Road Trip

      Summer road trip season is here. Taking proactive steps to make sure your vehicle is operating properly will help avoid the hassle and unexpected cost of a breakdown away from home, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

      This summer, AAA expects to receive calls from over seven million stranded motorists experiencing car trouble. The majority of issues the travel group anticipates will cause car problems, such as dead batteries and flat tires, can be prevented with a pre-trip vehicle inspection.

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    7. Combi USA Recalls Stroller and Car Seat Travel System for Fall Hazard

      Combi USA Recalls Stroller and Car Seat Travel System for Fall Hazard

      Today Combi USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of the Combi Shuttle Travel System because the car seat can disengage from the stroller. Consumer Reports discovered this problem in its tests last fall and notified the manufacturer about the problem. Combi immediately stopped selling the product, which had been available through online retailers between June 2015 and September 2016.

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    8. Basic Tire Maintenance for Every Driver

      The tires are the only thing between the vehicle and the road. When they are properly inflated and in good condition, the handling, stability and safety of the vehicle will be maximized. Conversely, when the tires are under inflated, worn out or damaged, all of the safety systems on the vehicle cannot overcome the loss of control that comes with a blow-out or hydroplaning situation. Air pressure in a tire is like oil in an engine; when it is low, the resulting internal damage is unseen until it is too late.

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    9. A Little Auto Care Goes a Long Way

      A Little Auto Care Goes a Long Way

      Performing simple preventative maintenance on your vehicle will go a long way toward protecting your vehicle investment, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

      “Buying a new car today comes with a hefty price tag when you add up the down payment, monthly car payments and higher insurance rates. Neglecting its care can mean even higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs and lost resale value,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

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    10. The Privacy Threat in Your Used Car

      When Charles Henderson traded in his beloved convertible four years ago, the dealer made sure to collect the car keys, but he couldn't take away Henderson's digital access.

      A security expert at IBM, Henderson knew to protect his private data, so before he waved goodbye to the car, he deleted his personal information from the built-in digital systems that guided him home via GPS, opened his garage door, and dialed up the friends in his phone book. The dealership also double-checked to confirm that he had made many of these moves, he says.

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